Ibinigay niya ang love niya sa laro -- Jimenez on Love
Mark Escarlote on Jul 01, 2018 07:32 PM
Actually, dalawang (binti) na nga ang bumigay sa kanya pero nandyan pa rin ang desire to win -- Pocari Sweat-Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez on American import Ari Love
Defending champion Pocari Sweat-Air Force head coach Jasper Jimenez admired the fighting heart displayed by import Ari Love in the pivotal Game 1 win of the Lady Warriors in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference semifinals.
Love finished with 20 points in a great display of her offensive arsenal to lead Pocari Sweat to a 25-23, 25-12, 25-23, demolition of top seed Creamline, Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The American highlighted her performance with her heroics late in the third frame despite suffering from cramps on both legs a few plays back.
Love had to be subbed out midway in third set because of cramps and returned in the crucial closing stretch of the frame to help put a stop on the Cool Smashers’ desperate comeback attempt.
“Actually, galing sa sakit si Love. Kanina parang dehydrated siya,” said Jimenez of his prized reinforcement.
“Actually, dalawang (binti) na nga ang bumigay sa kanya pero nandyan pa rin ang desire to win,” he added.
Creamline tied the set at 19 in a tight contest before the Lady Warriors answered with four straight points punctuated by Love’s down the line kill in her return to action.
Love sealed the win with a solid kill block over Cool Smashers’ Alyssa Valdez to complete the sweep in the one-hour, 17-minute match.
Love finished with 15 attacks, four kill blocks and an ace.
“Ibinigay din niya ang love niya sa laro, yung puso niya, pusong palaban talaga,” said Jimenez.
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